NEW INFO: Deputy At Home Night Before Son Allegedly Shoots Mom

An Onslow County sheriff deputy was called to a home hours before they say a son killed his own mother with a shotgun.

Justin Smith was arrested Thursday afternoon for the murder of Cheryl Burgess.

Sheriff's office records show a deputy was sent to the woman's home on Queens Road late Wednesday night to handle a disagreement between Smith and his mother. The deputy resolved the call by taking Smith to another location out of the area.

Deputies say they have determined that Smith was later given a shotgun by a friend and came back and shot his mother.

Deputies recovered that shotgun after getting a search warrant for 203 Snapper Court in Hubert. It was found underneath a bed at the home.

Meanwhile WITN News has learned an autopsy shows Burgess was shot in the head.

Neighbors say they heard screams Thursday morning at her Queens Road home. Minutes later they saw deputies at the scene.

The 23-year-old Smith was arrested some four hours later.

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A man accused of murdering his mother is due in court Friday morning.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says 23-year-old Justin Smith was captured around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The murder happened at 108 Queens Road in Hubert Thursday morning. Public records list the person at that address as Cheryl Burgess.

Neighbors say they heard screams, and then the deputies showed up.

Around midday deputies announced there were looking for Smith as a person of interest in the homicide.

Department of Correction records show that Smith was last released from prison on June 30 for probation revocation.

Smith previously was convicted for assault against a government official, multiple counts of larceny, and misdemeanor breaking an entering.

He is being held under no bond.

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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Very sad sad story. It reminds me of the old Johnny Cash song "Don't take your guns to town" My condoances to the family.
  • by ?? on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Are you speaking as an eyewitness Samantha? Because it does not say anything about the father in the report
  • by Samantha Location: Washington, NC on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    Well I think it's pretty interesting how the father was there before, and the deputies showed up minutes later..
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    I guess he loved his mother to death didn't he???? May she rest in peace now.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hubert on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    I didn't know him personally. Live on the same road. But my comment is show the family some compassion. Whether you knew him or not the family is going thru a pretty tough time. Just send them your prayers and keep opinions about him to yourselves.. God be with the family and Justin..
  • by To William Location: Hubert on Aug 14, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    You have no idea how Justin was. He loved his mother so much and he did have anger problems but not to push him to do that. I loved him very very much and will always. He was a very good kid just maybe he got mixed up with the wrong people. My prayers go out to the Burgess family and people please dont leave any messed up comments this family has been thru enough already so save them for your little twitter things. Love goes out to the Smith and Burgess family.You know who I am if you need anything please let me know.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Aug 14, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    If he had a conscious he would have never done this!!!!!
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 14, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    You are suppose to treat your mother gracefully, like a queen. She is a jewel. Well, his conscious will whip him for the rest of his life.
  • by NO EXCUSE on Aug 14, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    Unfortunatly it would sound better if he had been mentally handicapped. It is no excuse for anger and drug issues. I know, DRUGS made him do it. Hopefully he will be in prison te rest of his life and let Bubba take care of him. I don't think Bubba will like him for killing his own Mother. It had to be sad seeing your son like this. RIP Mother. Prayers for the family.
  • by to well on Location: greenville on Aug 14, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    he was not mentally handicapped, he use to be a very bright kid, but it appears his anger issues and drugs ruined his life. I still cant believe he did this, he worshiped the ground his parents walked on
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